A proud mother and father are celebrating their newborn daughter on Thursday after the dad delivered the baby along the 101 Freeway in Hollywood while stuck in traffic.
Angela Rembert, 24, woke up at her home on Tuesday morning and felt the baby was coming.
Her fiancé, Amaan Lowman, drove her to the hospital but doctors discharged the couple. Rembert was only 2 centimeters dilated and needed more time, doctors said.
"The doctor told me I wasn't ready to give birth," said Rembert. "She told me I needed to get discharged from the hospital, so I checked out."
But as soon as they got to their home, Rembert started having crippling contractions. The frantic couple jumped in the car and began driving back to the hospital, only to hit traffic on the 101 Freeway.
Lowman, 25, called 911 while the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Lauren, helped in the back seat.
"My face was in her car seat and I was screaming, and she was rubbing my head saying 'It's OK, mommy, it's OK, mommy,'" said Rembert. "I don't think she knew what was going on. And he was driving and telling me we're not gonna make it, we're not gonna make it."
The expectant dad pulled over near the Santa Monica Boulevard exit and began to deliver his daughter.
Leighton Lowman was born nearly 30 minutes later, around 3:28 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces.
"I seen her head at first, and then she pushed and I started to see her eyes," said Lowman. "Then she pushed again and her whole head was out, and then I pulled her out and she was here."
Rembert noticed a nearby ambulance and raised baby Leighton in the air to grab their attention.
Once paramedics noticed the mother they pulled over to assist, officials said.
Bystanders and employees at a nearby salon saw Rembert and congratulated the couple, making sure to take pictures and videos of the successful delivery.
"Everybody love the baby," said Delia Han, a witness to the special delivery. "Happy Birthday, baby!"
The family was transported to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where doctors pronounced both mother and daughter healthy.
"I'm really thankful that's she's healthy. I was really scared to deliver her because I didn't want to mess up," said Lowman.
"There's a God. It could have been worse, but it came out like I delivered her in the hospital," Rembert added.
The family recently relocated to Southern California from the Detroit area. This is Rembert's first delivery in California.